By Bobby Tanzilo Senior Editor/Writer Published Feb 10, 2020 at 9:03 AM

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The Brewery District hosts the debut installment of VinterSköl Musik Fest on Saturday, Feb. 15 to help celebrate the nearing of the end of winter with live music at five neighborhood venues beginning at 4 p.m.

There will also be vendors, beer specials, tours and more than a little food on offer at participating venues.

A $15 ticket ($20 at the door/day-of) swings open the doors to Best Place at The Historic Pabst Brewery, Captain Pabst Pilot House, Jackson’s Blue Ribbon Pub, Milwaukee Brewing Company and Nō Studios.

A pre-party at the Captain Pabst Pilot House and Best Place at The Historic Pabst Brewery includes free brewery and beer history tours beginning at noon and is included with each ticket.

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"Milwaukee is known as the ‘City of Festivals’ but there’s an absence of festivals in the dreary mid-winter," said Erin Stenum, manager of The Brewery Neighborhood Improvement District No. 1.

"We’re changing that with VinterSköl Musik Fest, giving attendees a reason to venture out into the cold for some of the best musicians Milwaukee has to offer."

Here is the complete lineup:

Best Place at The Historic Pabst Brewery
Doors Open at Noon for Free Beer History Tours, and 5 p.m. for music performances

6:15 p.m. Amanda Huff
7:20 p.m. Derek Pritzl & The Gamble
8:20 p.m. Will Rose
9:20 p.m. SistaStrings
10:20 p.m. Klassik

Captain Pabst Pilot House
Doors Open at Noon for Free Brewery Tours, and 4 p.m. for music performances, full beer hall menu available until 9 p.m.

4 p.m. Michael Sodnik
5 p.m. The Hatchets (solo)
6 p.m. Mark Waldoch & The Hallelujah Ward
7 p.m. Orbital Mothers
8 p.m. Tacoma Washington Weekday Club
9 p.m. Cullah
10:20 p.m. Abby Jeanne

Jackson’s Blue Ribbon Pub
Full menu available and music performance

7-10 p.m. TBA

Milwaukee Brewing Company
Glass + Griddle Beer Hall open and menu available from 10 a.m. until 10 p.m. Doors Open at 7 p.m. for performances

8 p.m. Phonostatic
9 p.m. Nile
10 p.m. Saebra & Carlyle
11 p.m. Shle Berry

Nō Studios
Doors Open at 5 p.m. for performances

5:30 p.m. Cherry Punch
6:15 p.m. Brewtown Brewgrass
7 p.m. Deep Junk
7:40 p.m. Mario Lanza
8:40 p.m. Young Revelators
9:40 p.m. Mic Kellogg
10:40 p.m. Lex Allen

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Bobby Tanzilo Senior Editor/Writer

Born in Brooklyn, N.Y., where he lived until he was 17, Bobby received his BA-Mass Communications from UWM in 1989 and has lived in Walker's Point, Bay View, Enderis Park, South Milwaukee and on the East Side.

He has published three non-fiction books in Italy – including one about an event in Milwaukee history, which was published in the U.S. in autumn 2010. Four more books, all about Milwaukee, have been published by The History Press.

With his most recent band, The Yell Leaders, Bobby released four LPs and had a songs featured in episodes of TV's "Party of Five" and "Dawson's Creek," and films in Japan, South America and the U.S. The Yell Leaders were named the best unsigned band in their region by VH-1 as part of its Rock Across America 1998 Tour. Most recently, the band contributed tracks to a UK vinyl/CD tribute to the Redskins and collaborated on a track with Italian novelist Enrico Remmert.

He's produced three installments of the "OMCD" series of local music compilations for and in 2007 produced a CD of Italian music and poetry.

In 2005, he was awarded the City of Asti's (Italy) Journalism Prize for his work focusing on that area. He has also won awards from the Milwaukee Press Club.

He can be heard weekly on 88Nine Radio Milwaukee talking about his "Urban Spelunking" series of stories.